[Wikipedia-l] Re: Gothic Wikipedia

Mark Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Sun Sep 19 16:25:00 UTC 2004

Ooh... somebody's grumpy.

I wasn't interrogating you or anything. At least I didn't mean to.



On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 17:50:59 +1000, Tim Starling
<ts4294967296 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Mark Williamson wrote:
> > The reasons you work on the project can't justify helping to build an
> >  encyclopedic resource for a fledgling community of native speakers
> > who will start growing into such a resource in the next couple of
> > years? Just curious, but what exactly are the reasons you work on
> > this project, and what requirements must a language meet to be
> > justifiable in terms of them?
> I already said what my reasons for working on this project are, and I'm
> not required to justify them to you. You're welcome to learn how to
> write language files, obtain shell access and CVS access, and add all
> the languages the community will tolerate. But don't tell me how I
> should be spending my time.
> I agree with Delirium, who wrote:
> : ...I can't seriously see people using the Gothic Wikipedia as a
> : source of general encyclopedia-type information.  If you want to know
> : some random fact (say, the biography of Charlemagne), why would anyone
> : look for it in a Gothic-language encyclopedia?
> I think that's an important point.
> I think your assertion that parents will teach their children Gothic as
> a first language is ridiculous. In fact I sincerely hope they don't.
> There's a difference between language preservation and language revival,
> and I'm not ashamed about supporting one but not the other. No doubt
> linguistics is an interesting field, but there are lots of interesting
> fields and I can't get involved in all of them.
> There are 16 people with shell access, and any one of them can do what
> I'm suggesting. I suggest you go and bug one of them instead of wasting
> your time interrogating me about my motives.
> -- Tim Starling
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